So as the super Saturday series starts the sun came out and it looked like spring was in the air. It was still not quite as warm as it looked though but the action was hot. Plenty of thrills and not too many spills, it proved to be a great afternoon’s racing and enjoyed by all.
With some experienced riders on show and large numbers of young experts and novices in action, some making their race debuts it was great to see the future of the club looking strong. The largest super Saturday turn out with 10 categories and 78 riders taking part. I think I have seen smaller turn outs at Regionals.
First up the novice 6 and unders and a great turnout of 11 riders with Zach Jeffrey, Oakley Kettle and Alesha Allen-Price out front and a runoff between Zach Al-Ausi and Robbie Rowles to see who would make the main with Zach making his way through. An exciting final saw Zach Jeffrey taking the spoils for today but all of these guys were flying.
Novice 7-8 was an even bigger group with 14 riders. Finlay Hodgson was impressive all day with a clean sweep but Alex Heaven, Tom Brookes and Adam Al-Ausi putting in some rides to keep the pressure on.
5 riders taking the gate in the novice 9-10 and Theo Bishop leading the way from Alex East and Mitchell Finn, with Stanley Lewis and Sophie Piatt chasing hard behind.
Tom Hodgson was out front all day in the 11-12 novice but Theo Borzsony and Jacob Hickson lead the way for the younger end of the age group. Some speed on show here and it looks like it’s going to be an exciting class this year.
Just to prove it is not just the youngsters coming into the sport there were 6 30+ novices. Marc Holmes took the spoils after swapping 1st places with Trevor Woods. Alexey Shemanov taking a solid 3rd place with Alistair Rowley and Adam Yates duelling it out for 4th and 5th.
Onto the experts and some real future talent on show in a strong 7-8 boys class. Harry Tanner leading the way from Arthur Herrington Liam Doyle and Curtis Sveikutis. With Flying Flynn Drelincourt leading the 6 year olds in this one from an impressive Jack Bennett on his debut and Alexander Skjelten who edged out Sam Tucker. These kids are fast and fearless.
A mixed bag in the 11-12 boys. A strong class for MBMX with some strong 9 year olds and very strong girls making for some good racing. Saul Jeffrey and Will Blevins looking fast showing Coach Hawker’s coaching does pay off and despite Saul taking 3 wins in the motos Will took win in the final after some a great race. Great action throughout the motos saw the results really hard fought and Kirsten Dillon and Katy Cosgrove more than showing the girls can mix it with the boys.
13-14 girls had Hannah Baker leading the way and showing the novices how it’s done but there was a great battle between Courtney Heaney and Nicole Whyne swapping places. A small class but exciting and I think the club will be well represented by the girls this year.
Expert 13-14 boys saw a small turn out but these boys all know each other well and the placings were shared out through the motos but the ever improving Ben Cotton took the points from Cameron Jackson, Owen Mappleson and Joe Burns.
8 riders on the gate in the “expert 30+ men” including riders from the 15-16 class, and Louise Abbott on her cruiser. It was the younger guns showing the way in some great racing with Ricardo Addymellor at the front and Charlie Yates taking 2nd after some great swoops saw him pip Mason Chidley. Louise showed her national class by pulling some great moves and not letting the guys have it all their own way.
Absolutely loved the day, can’t pick a ride of the day all the little dudes and big dudes did the club proud. Thanks to all the volunteers and in particular to Roger for doing the honours on the mic (a job no-one wants to do), Catherine and Nicki for all the race admin and making the day work, all the riders for putting on a great show, all the parents and supporters for the great friendly atmosphere you created and to Edinburgh Cycles for supporting the event. One final thanks to the sun for putting in appearance.
See you all at the next one.